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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow💙 at Clear Creek trail system
I used to only take pictures from certain angles, make people delete ones of me that weren’t perfect or flattering, or hide behind my kids, using them as shields to block the parts of me that I was uncomfortable with and now here I am, stealing the spotlight😉 But seriously, I share this, because there was a time when I dreaded taking picture. I spent hours picking apart every flaw and making myself feel awful. Learning to love myself and my body has been hard, it’s something I have to practice every single day, but it’s definitely worth it.
Moms, get in the pictures. Let other people take your picture, without judging or critiquing. Don’t wait until you lose the weight or are a certain size to love and appreciate your body. It deserves your love right now. Just as you are. You’re kids won’t care what pant size you wore, what your hair looked like, if your makeup was done or not, if your house was a wreck or if it was spotless, or what brand you were wearing. When pictures are all they have left they will just want you💙 at Buffalo, Wyoming
“Why would anyone ever love you?” I was so young and had never really been in a relationship before. I turned my back on my family to be with him. I was 15, I had no one else, I thought I loved him, and I thought he loved me.
Every now and then those words play in my head and most days(after two years of practicing forgiveness, learning to how to let go, and accept myself) I can shut it off and remind myself that those are his words not mine and his projected hurt doesn’t get to define my self worth. Today, it wasn’t as easy to do and I spent a huge chunk of the day feeling unworthy.
This morning when I started writing a post in hopes of encouraging, uplifting, or inspiring others, these words ran through my mind. How could I ever inspire anyone? Who I am to think that I can help others when I’m a mess 90% of the time? Who could ever love me when I’ve been the kind of person that I used to be? How can I encourage others to not give up when I still consider giving up when things get hard?
After fighting with my inner mean girl most of the day, I almost considered not showing up at all, but posting in social media is part of my job. The number one reason that I reached out to and chose my coach was because she didn’t only show up on the good days, she showed up everyday, honestly, openly, and sometimes vulnerably. I’m not just here to share my highlight reel.
So, here I am. I have hard days. I still struggle to love myself, because I spent so much of my life being my own worst critic. I have days when I want to give up and stop sharing, but I know by sharing my story, I’ve impacted so many lives in a positive way. I’ve helped other women in ways I never thought I could. Our pasts only define us if we let them. Yes, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but now I choose to see them as lessons. The road I chose was not the easiest, but it led me to where I am today, because I chose to stop being the victim in my story.
Tonight, I’m reminding myself that the people that need to hear my story don’t care about the perfectly wrapped version. They just need to know that they’re not alone💙 at Buffalo, Wyoming
I would be lying if I said that seeing these two pictures side by side didn’t make me sad. The first picture was taken in January of this year. I was so proud of the results I’d gotten even with traveling to see family, eating all the Christmas cookies, and enjoying all the holiday food. I was kind of obsessed with my nutrition plan and my workouts. I still ate the food that I love, but in moderation.
Then February hit and so did my seasonal depression. I leaned into food for comfort and stopped being as active. I was still working out daily, but my heart just wasn’t in it so I found myself half assing my workouts. I gained 30 pounds this year and I could’ve easily given up. I could’ve said this just doesn’t work and justified all my excuses, but I’d be lying to myself. I know that these workouts, when paired with my super simple nutrition program, WORK! I’m proof of that, but they don’t work when I’m not consistent. The closer we got to winter, the more scared I got for what I know is coming and the more I turned to food. Overindulging in things that taste great, but don’t make me feel great in the long run.
But, I’m making a choice. I’m choosing to fight my seasonal depression with exercise, wholesome nutrition, and personal development. Fueling my body and mind in alignment with how I want to feel, strong, confident, comfortable, and energized! I’m not waiting until January 1st to commit to my goals. I’m still going to enjoy the holidays, but I’m not going to let them dictate how I’m going to feel going into 2020. Most Americans gain between 5-15 pounds during this time of year, but I won’t be one of them.
On Monday I started the very first workout program I did two years ago and I’m going back to the basics with my nutrition program that taught me how to eat in align with my goals! I’m on Day 5/21 and I feel SO GOOD!! I’m looking for 3 women that want to start the New Year already committed to their health and fitness, instead of scrambling to find a diet or membership to start on January 1st. You’ll get all the tools you need to ditch the diets for good and start living your healthiest and happiest life! Are you in?!
It’s crazy how much women have to spend on something that we have no control over! I was very skeptical about switching to a menstrual cup, because it’s different and we all fear change, but I’m so glad I did! My periods are shorter, less painful, and less expensive! I’m not a paid sponsor for these, but I should be😉 I’m here to share things that I love and that have helped me and this is one of those things! This may be a topic that makes some people uncomfortable, but it’s part of life and it shouldn’t be taboo to talk openly about. Have you ever thought of switching to a cup? What are your fears and concerns about them? If you’re already using one, what do you like or dislike about it?
Quick and easy lunch recipe!!
Chicken and broccoli rice with a scrambled egg and sweet and sour sauce! Tastes like Chinese takeout🥡 but is much easier on the wallet and stomach!
Cut up a couple chicken thighs and season to taste then cook in a little olive oil. Set aside and add a bag of frozen @greengiant broccoli rice and cook through. Add chicken back to the pan and scramble in an egg. Top with sweet and sour and ENJOY! One of my favorite quick, healthy and delicious, lunch or dinners!
Let me know if you try it!! at Buffalo, Wyoming
We know the hardest parts of each other’s stories. We haven’t always liked each other, but we’re always there for each other. We are each other’s reminders of the childhood that we shared. We were born sisters, but we choose to be friends. We laugh, cry, fight, drive each other crazy, but we’ll never give up on each other, because without her, I don’t make sense.
A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double♥️♥️
Tag your sister and let her know how much she means to you!! #sisters at Buffalo, Wyoming
@amanda_valencia12 blew my mind with this transformation🤯
Thanksgiving 2018 👉🏻 Thanksgiving 2019!
Same house, same dress, completely different confidence and energy!
When she reached out to me in December of last year she said, “I’m just scared I wont be able to do it...but I am so tired of being so sick and fatigued all the time I need to change.”
She took a chance on December 31st 2018, even though she was scared and she’s shown up everyday since! She proved herself wrong and isn’t sick all the time anymore😭 I’m so proud of her for choosing to take control of her health and I’m thankful that she chose me to be by her side, to guide her and support her through it all.
She didn’t do this by obsessing over calories, cutting out carbs, or working out for hours a day. She’s didn’t invest in a crash diet, she invested in and made a real lifestyle change. One that will last forever if she continues choosing to make little choices every day that benefit her in huge ways!
While you’re doing your Christmas shopping I hope you’ll think of yourself too and invest in your health this year! My online library of programs comes with professional trainers, thousands of workouts to choose from, calendars to follow, nutrition guides, meal plans, recipes, and support and costs less than any gym membership you can buy(around $8 per month!) I’ve got huge sales going on right now on the all inclusive health and fitness packages just like the one Amanda invested in a year ago and I’d love to help you make the lifestyle change you’ve been looking for! Sale ends at midnight so take advantage now💌
So much can change in a year if you’re willing to show up for yourself💙💙 at Atwater, California
Just a big kid in a candy store🍭
#livingmybestlife at Small Town Sweets & Treats
Today, I was 500/800 reps into the last and the hardest workout(rightfully named The Crucible☠️) of the 6 week program I’ve been doing. This workout is 8 different moves 100 reps each. On the 6th move I had an emotional breakdown. I kept telling myself that I couldn’t do it, I’m not strong enough, this is too hard and it’s like my trainer heard me, because he said whatever you’re telling yourself is what you’ll believe. Your mind will quit long before your body does and he’s right. Two years ago, I physically and mentally couldn’t have completed this program and I wouldn’t have even tried. I couldn’t do a single pushup when I started my first program, but I’ve consistently showed up for myself for two years. I’ve challenged myself on every level and I keep going even when things got hard, because that is where growth happens. That’s when real changes are made! I spent so much of my life telling myself that I wasn’t good enough. Calling myself horrible names and letting my negativity run my life. We get to choose how we speak to ourselves and why wouldn’t we choose kindness. Why would we choose to speak anything but belief, love, and compassion to ourselves? Most of the time the things were telling ourselves aren’t even our words, they came from someone else’s opinion or judgment of us and we continue to carry them around playing them on repeat. Changing our mindset and learning to love ourselves is not easy. It’s actually the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I still struggle some days, but it is possible and it’s the most important part of this journey. Choose kindness. Choose to believe in yourself. Choose to be your #1 fan and biggest supporter. Choose to be your own best friend♥️ at Buffalo, Wyoming
We got one with everyone smiling!
It’s a Thanksgiving miracle😂
Hope you all had an amazing day!
#happythanksgivng at Buffalo, Wyoming
Every year for Thanksgiving, my husband asks for a blueberry pie🥧 and every year, I forget to make it until the last minute🤦🏻♀️ So, it’s kind of become a tradition for me to stay up late the night before thanksgiving, scrambling to make him his pie. Even though he wouldn’t be upset if he didn’t get one, I still do it, because he doesn’t ask for much. He’s the most thoughtful and giving man and the least I can do is make him a damn pie lol so I did! Even though I was up way past my bedtime 👵 I was up bright and early to workout with my friends on our virtual chat! I could’ve slept in and put my workout off until tomorrow, but I chose to get up, move my body, and make time for my health even on Thanksgiving! Not to justify eating ALL the yummy food I’m going to eat, but for my mental and physical health. Plus, I was so excited to see my friends and watch them crush their workouts too! I wouldn’t even know these women if I hadn’t taken a chance on this coaching job if mine. We’re from all over the U.S and one thing brought us together, we all decided that our health was worth investing in and once we started caring for ourselves and seeing results, we decided to make it our job to share that with others🙌🏻 Two years ago, I craved friendship and to feel like I belonged, I was tired of being tired and uncomfortable all the time and by choosing to take a chance on something I was unsure of, I’ve found everything that I was missing! I’m surrounded by women that inspire and lift each other up instead of tearing each other down👯♀️ I feel more confident than I ever have and have the energy to show up for my family the way I always wanted to. I finally feel like I belong🥰 If you feel like you’ve been missing something when it comes to your health and wellness journey, this community could be it! You can always sit with us♥️♥️
#linkinbio 💌💌 at Buffalo, Wyoming
Graceful is definitely not a word I’d use to describe myself. I’m more like a bull in a China shop🤣 So, when I found out we were launching a Barre inspired program, I wasn’t really excited about it. I honestly wasn’t even going to try it because I thought I’d be an awkward mess trying to do ballerina type moves. Well, I decided to try the 30 minute sample workout today and I was an awkward mess lol (super thankful I was trying it in the comfort of my living room instead of in a room full of strangers😜) but I loved it! It was definitely a challenge, low impact, but high energy, and made me sweat! Check out my stories to see some of the moves and if you’d like to try a free sample workout just send me your email and I’ll send you the link💌
Have you ever taken a Barre class?
#meetmeatthebarre at Buffalo, Wyoming
When I was in the 5th grade, a boy said that my widows peak made me look like a vampire and called me Eddie Munster. I always knew my hairline was different, because no one else at my school had it, but it never really bothered me until then. I wanted to shave it off and I think I even tried to at one point, which didn’t work out so well🤦🏻♀️ I changed the way I wore my hair after that and created a funky bang with it, I wish I had a picture to show you how silly it looked! I spent years hating my hairline, because it wasn’t like everyone else’s and now after a couple years of learning how to accept and be comfortable with myself, that’s exactly why I love it! It’s different, it’s unique, it’s part of what makes me, me. It’s my Dads hairline and my grandpa had the same one. It’s been passed down to me from people that I love more than anything. Today, a new friend, who I met through coaching @___peanutbutterpancakes___ 🥰 told me how cute and unique she thought it was and it made my day! Something I spent years criticizing and trying to hide, because of one persons mean comments, is now one of my favorite features. Don’t let other people’s hurtful words or opinions define you. Own your uniqueness, because life would be pretty boring if we were all the same💙 at Buffalo, Wyoming
My favorite holiday is just a few days away!! What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Food? Mine is green bean casserole and I’ve always made it with canned cream of mushroom soup, but this year I’m trying something different! My workout programs come with thousands of recipes including healthier spins on holiday favorites so I thought I’d share this one with you in case you wanted to give it a try!
Green bean casserole recipe:
5 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour, divided use
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 medium onion, (½ onion thinly sliced, ½ onion chopped), divided use
3 tsp. olive oil, divided use
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
½ tsp. onion powder
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stems discarded
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ cup reduced-fat (2%) milk
2 Tbsp. dry sherry wine
1 lb. frozen French-cut green beans
1 cup reduced-fat (2%) plain yogurt
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Combine 2 Tbsp. flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a medium bowl; mix well.
Add sliced onion; mix until well coated. Set aside.
Heat 2 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add sliced onion mixture; cook, turning once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel. Set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chopped onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid released from mushrooms is almost completely evaporated.
Add remaining 3 Tbsp. flour, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until vegetables are coated.
Add milk and sherry; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly thickened.
Add green beans; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
Add yogurt; mix until combined.
Place green bean mixture in casserole dish. Top with onion mixture.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly.
You can even make it a day early and pop it in the oven when you’re ready.
Serve and enjoy! [email protected], save or tag a friend who’d love this recipe! at Buffalo, Wyoming
On Tuesday, I woke up with a pinched nerve in my neck and could barely turn my head without sharp pains shooting down my arm. I sat on my couch with a bag of frozen cauliflower on my neck and realized how much I take being able to move my body for granted some days. I think we all do until we’re hurt or sick and can’t function the way that we usually do. Being able to fold laundry, pick up my son, and workout seem like such simple things until I’m not able to do them for a few days. Exercise was never something I was fond of until I actually committed to making it part of my daily routine and it’s even part of my job as a coach. It’s become a habit and something I enjoy. The mental clarity that it brings, the physical strength I’ve gained, the energy it gives me to be more active with my family, and the pride that comes from challenging myself in ways that I never knew I could. Not being able to do that for a few days was a huge struggle for me, but I know that if I don’t take care of myself it’ll be harder for me to care for my family. Instead of throwing myself a pity party, I focused on the things that I could control like my nutrition, my mindset, and rest(also part of my job🙌🏻!) How many jobs have you had that require you to focus on your mental and physical health? Some days that means pressing play on workouts that make you feel strong and some days, it’s slowing down and giving your body a chance to heal. Move your body when you can and rest when you need to or wake up one day and wish you would have! Today, I finally felt good enough to workout and it was exactly what my mind and body needed. Not too long ago I was an insecure, unhappy, lonely, couch potato that cropped my own face out of this picture, because I didn’t was so embarrassed of how far I’d let myself go😕 and now I’m one of those weird people that actually wants to workout🤪 with more confidence and energy than I’ve ever had! When you have workouts that challenge you that you can do from anywhere in 20-45 mins a day, supplements that you love and trust, and a community of women that cheer you on, it’s hard not to fall in love with making your health a priority💙 at Buffalo, Wyoming
Two years ago, I completed my first 21 day program! I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on those 21 days and how much those 30 minute workouts, the personal development, the community, and the portion control system helped me make the change I so desperately needed. I felt energized, confident, strong, supported, and in control for the first time in forever! After feeling like shit, mentally and physically, for so long, I became hooked on feeling good. So, I made it my job to pay this forward to others and have been able to help support my family by doing so(you can too!) As a stay at home Mom I craved something just for me and this turned out to be exactly what I needed! It has brought so much fulfillment into my life and to keep that to myself would be selfish.
I’m here to inspire and guide others, to show them what’s possible by making changes for myself and showing up with them, but they have to be willing to put in the time, effort, and work that it’s going to take. Spoiler alert 🚨 it’s totally worth it and so are you!
There are 42 days left in this DECADE!! You could complete this 21 day program with an incredible nutrition course that allows you to still enjoy those holiday foods you love, TWICE before January 1st!! All you have to do is stop waiting, reach out, and start! You’ll get all the same tools I’ve used to help me over the last two years and because it’s #noexcusenovember my all inclusive packages are all on sale! Don’t wait until the 1st of the year to make a resolution when you can start right now and go into 2020 feeling more energized, confident, and stronger than ever! Fill out the link in my bio or drop a 🙋🏻♀️ if you’re ready to ditch the excuses and start living your healthiest life with me♥️ at Wyoming
Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it is both💙 at Big Horn National Forest
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